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Young Mustangs fall to Lynchburg

By: Dayne Turner

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There are going to be some growing pains this year for the Stevenson men’s basketball team. That has been pretty clear in the team’s first two games, including Friday night’s annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, which they have hosted for now five-straight years.

Featuring a lineup with only five returning players and an entirely new starting five, the Mustangs lost to Lynchburg 101-80. The Hornets shot 50.7-percent from the field and made twice as many 3-pointers as Stevenson hit, topping them 18-9. Stevenson shot just 3.1-percent from the field.

The bright spot for Stevenson, though, was freshman Benjamin Young scoring 13 points, matching junior Tim McNeal’s output in the game. Young also led the team with eight rebounds. It just wasn’t nearly enough to combat the 20-point, 10-rebound double-double from Lynchburg’s Connor Schroeder, or the 12-point, seven-assists effort by Devante Young.

Both teams came strong out of the game, until the Hornets hit back-to-back three’s on their possessions and went on to a 13-1 run to take a 32-19 lead with 6:43 left in the first half. The Mustangs went without a field goal for over six minutes during the run.

Stevenson slowly started to pick the intensity up on the offensive end. Showing signs of life, the Mustangs were able to score eight-straight points in the last 1:16 of the first half to get within 10 points at the break, 48-38.

But the 10 points were as close as Stevenson was going to get before the Hornet scored 20 points in a six-minute span with 12 points coming from shots behind the arc. Lynchburg eventually took a comfortable lead and score 53 points in the second half.

Stevenson fell to 0-2 to start the season and will have a quick turnaround in the tournament with a game against Skidmore College at 4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 19.

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